Dream. Design. Do.
I've always felt the term "idle dreaming" was something of an oxymoron. Dreams are the raw material of most great accomplishments in the lives of people as well as universities. And the route from idea to accomplishment often follows the path of Dream... Design... Do. Someone takes their dream and applies the discipline of designing a workable plan. Then comes the "Do" stage, the high energy process of making it happen, despite the inevitable setbacks along the way. At each stage the process becomes more communal. This is a productive path well traveled at Delaware Valley University. It began with the original dream of founder Rabbi Krauskopf to create a national farm school and continues through Delaware Valley's expansion into a full university, where experiential learning is an art and student success is a heartfelt priority. "Dream ... Design ... Do" is part of our identity, and that was a big part in my decision to accept the honor of becoming your president. I look forward to continuing along this path with the DelVal community as we build on our heritage and deliver on our dreams.
Maria Gallo, Ph.D.
About Dr. Gallo
Dr. Maria Gallo, a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America, became the 13th president of Delaware Valley University on July 1, 2016.
Under Dr. Gallo's leadership, DelVal has announced its first endowed professorship, launched a new graduate program in criminal justice, increased its international student population, and invested in hydroponics and aquaponics education, including upgrades of its greenhouses. The University has welcomed numerous renowned speakers, including CNN's Brian Stelter and NPR's David Folkenflik, added its first student member to the Board of Trustees, started new partnerships with Longwood Gardens and W. Atlee Burpee & Co., and sent more than 50 students to the LeaderShape Institute, one of the country's premier leadership development programs for college students.
As dean of CTAHR, Dr. Gallo served as its chief executive officer and worked with the Advisory Council, faculty, staff and stakeholders to set the strategic vision for the College, communicated that vision to all internal and external constituencies and secured the needed resources to accomplish those strategic goals. As the administrative head of the College, Dr. Gallo led all faculty members, administrative officers and other employees statewide; as the chief academic, research and extension officer at CTAHR, Dr. Gallo provided the vision and leadership for the College’s six interdisciplinary academic departments, four county offices, and numerous research and extension facilities on 1,554 acres across Hawai`i.
Prior to joining the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Dr. Gallo served as professor and chair of the agronomy department at the University of Florida where she had a productive teaching and research program. She is a plant molecular biologist who specializes in crop improvement and has been an author on more than 80 refereed journal articles.
Dr. Gallo serves on the American Council on Education's Women's Network Executive Council, the Pearl S. Buck International Board, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, and the Bucks County Workforce Development Board. A native New Yorker, she earned her B.S. in agronomy from Cornell University, and both her M.S. in crop science and Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University.
Prior to coming to DelVal, Dr. Gallo served as dean and director for research and cooperative extension at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).